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Hi I'm Brittney.

I am a wife, a new mom, a student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I were married in the summer of 2011, and we welcomed our first child, a little boy, home on New Year's Day of 2013. It has been a really exciting time for us. My husband and I are both students and our son arrived six weeks early, on the last day of classes. Through the strength of the Lord we managed finals and daily trips to the hospital. Our son was in the NICU for almost 4 weeks--not at all how we expected our adventure into parenthood to start or how we expected to spend Christmas Break. I wouldn't change it for anything, though. I know that we could not have done it without the Lord's help. He gave us strength beyond our own capacities and continues to do so. We love our son and are so excited to have him home now! I love being a mom; it is the hardest thing I have ever done, but I feel so blessed and privileged to raise God's children on the Earth. He provides all that we have, and my husband and I are learning very much to depend on Him, especially as we teach our son. We rely on His help to teach our son all of the things he will need to know and do in order to become like the Savior, overcome the trials in this life, and return to our Father in Heaven. I am an English major; I love reading, writing, swimming, camping, hiking, four-wheeling, playing games, doing crafts, cooking, spending time with my family, and serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church on the earth today. I grew up in the church, my parents grew up in the church, my ancestors were pioneers, but I have my own testimony of the Gospel. It doesn't matter what any of them believed, because I know it is true. I am grateful that they did believe it, what wonderful examples they are to me. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Not only did He suffer for my sins, but He suffered all of the pains that I have felt and will feel. He knows me and knows what I am going through. I know that He knows you as well. He suffered the pains of everyone that has and will ever live on this Earth. He did it because He loves us. He made it possible for us to be resurrected and return to live with Him. I know that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father appeared to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove. Through him, Christ's church was once again established on the Earth. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. It is a true book. When I was twelve years old I prayed and prayed to know if it is true, and it is. I have read it, and it is the best book I have ever read. I know that it was written for all of us, living at this time. It gives me so much strength and helps me in my daily life. Without this church I would not be who I am today. I would not be able to balance school, homemaking, and mothering, and I definitely would not be this happy.

How I live my faith

I serve as a teacher in our women's organization, the Relief Society. I teach about once a month during our Sunday meeting. It has been a growing experience for me. I am learning to love the women I teach through serving them. I am also learning that I as seek the Lord's help in teaching the sisters, I am able to draw closer to the Lord and receive blessings in my own life. I study and really think about the lessons I am assigned to teach. As I pray, the Spirit tells me, through feelings and ideas, what the sisters need to learn which will give them strength, faith, endurance, and peace in their lives. I also serve two women in my area by what we call "visiting teaching." The presidency of the women's organization in each area assigns two ladies as partners, and they are assigned to teach other women in the area. My partner and I visit the two ladies we are assigned to each month. We pray for them and take a lesson assigned by the General Relief Society Presidency (which is the presidency over all of the women in the church worldwide) to teach them. We do our best to meet any needs they might have. We might take her and her family dinner when she is sick, babysit her children, or write her a nice note. Basically, visiting teaching is a way to take care of all the women in the church. I really enjoy it and I know it is inspired of God. Two ladies come to visit me as well, and I know that if I am ever in a pickle I can call them for help. It is such a blessing.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Brittney.
Our bodies are called temples of God because they are connected to our spirits. They house something sacred--us. God wants us to respect our bodies inside and out. How we treat our bodies affects our spirits. When I don't take care of my body, it is hard for me to connect with Heavenly Father and feel His Spirit. If I don't help my spirit feel good, I cannot commune with the Lord as well as when I do take care of my body and spirit. There are certain things I do to take care of my body which I have noticed help me feel spiritually connected to God. I try to get adequate sleep (but not too much), exercise, and eat healthy. I eat healthy by following the nutrition guidelines of the United States "MyPyramid" and other guidelines I have learned in school. I avoid eating too much sugar and fat. I do not use any illegal drugs, and use legal drugs sparingly. I do not use tobacco or alcohol. I do not smoke. I'm not perfect at following my plan for taking care of my body, but as I try to get some exercise at least 5 days a week and eat as healthy as I can, I feel closer to the Lord. I take care of my body on the outside by using good dress and grooming standards. I keep myself clean, and I dress in nice, comfortable, modest (covers from chest to knee and my shoulders) clothing that helps me feel good about myself. As I dress the best that I can, I feel the Spirit in my life. I show respect for God by the way I dress. I treat my body with respect by not having tattoos or piercings. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Brittney.
We believe that God is no respecter of persons. All who are worthy can join the church and receive all of the respective blessings, including the priesthood. It is our desire for everyone to receive the blessings of peace and joy we receive through our membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, these blessings and, more importantly, these responsibilities are only made available to each of us as we become worthy of them. When we are worthy, we will be better prepared to keep the commandments we covenant to keep in conjunction with the blessings we receive. It is not that we don't want others to be blessed, it is that the blessings are contingent upon our keeping our covenants and commandments. We do not want those who are not yet ready (worthy) to make promises they will have difficulty keeping. Failure to keep those promises would revoke the promised blessings and possibly bring condemnation by God. Show more Show less